PEP GUARDIOLA has slammed reports in Italy he has agreed to join Juventus this season.
Reports suggested the City boss had agreed a four-year deal in Turin to replace Massimiliano Allegri at the Allianz Stadium.
However, speaking after his sides 3-1 home win against Watford, ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola refuted the claims he will leave the Etihad next season for Serie A.
Guardiola said: “I have two more years here, to leave is impossible unless they sack me.
“If Manchester City wants me, I stay two more years and maybe another.
“I’m not going to Juventus in the next two seasons.”
However, that was not the only thing the Spaniard had to answer for post-match.
In-form England star Raheem Sterling hit a hat-trick in Manchester, but the way the England international opened the scoring brought with it the Premier League’s latest offside controversy.
Appearing offside when played in by Sergio Aguero, referee Paul Tierney awarded the goal after lengthy consultation with assistant Eddie Smart after the ball rebounded in off him thanks to Daryl Janmaat’s clearance.
The City boss apologised in advance for the offside goal – and revealed the champions had voted for VAR before the season began.
Guardiola said: “Honestly, just in case it’s offside, I am sorry. I don’t want to do that but I don’t know. Really sorry if it is.
“Some referees say it is, sometimes another one says no. But there is a simple solution.
“It should be here this season but next season VAR (will be implemented) and that will not be a problem, and it will be more fair.
“There are other games it was the same – an offside goal and they score a goal, some games with the diving, with penalties – so the VAR is helping us.
“At the beginning of the season, Manchester City voted to install the VAR from this season and some other clubs didn’t accept that.
“So, hopefully next season like in Europe it can install the VAR and this kind of situation will be fair.
“So, I am so sorry, apologise, to Javi (Gracia) and the club Watford if the first goal is offside, but we made an incredible game and we played good in the first half.”